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Mount Baden-Powell

“No one can pass through life, any more than he can pass through a bit of country, without leaving tracks behind, and those tracks may often be helpful to those coming after him in finding their way.” Robert Baden-Powell

Stats (Garmin was definitely inaccurate today):

Run or Hike: Hike
Date: 6 July 2018
Distance: (Garmin) 7.93 Miles
Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult
Elevation Gain (Garmin): 2602 ft
Elapsed Time: 2:56:39
Max Elevation (Garmin): 9150 ft (measured at 9407)
Min Temp (Garmin): 73 F
Max Temp (Garmin): 92 F
Avg Temp: 81 F

Parking Info:

Vincent Gap Parking Lot

GPS Map of My Hike:

Quick Synopsis:

Hiking Mt. Baden-Powell is the kind of hike that should be on every Southern Californian’s bucket list. This hike ends with one of the highest peaks in the San Gabriel Mountain Range, has cool prominence, is a challenge, follows the historic Pacific Crest Trail, is well maintained, allows you to watch the climate zones change as you climb higher and higher, has a spectacular ridge-line to cross near the top, and affords spectacular views from the summit with a solid sense of accomplishment (and you can bring your dog).

The trail is closer to 8.5 miles round trip with an elevation gain of ~2900ft. The hike is unforgiving in the sense that from the onset it’s a climb, there are no flat sections. Basically it’s a little over 4 miles of constant grade, so you should have a decent level of fitness to tackle Baden-Powell. In winter the top will be snowy and icy and the ridgeline towards the top is no joke with thousand foot drop-offs on either side. This trail can also be a good training hike for something like Mt. Whitney since there are 40 or so switchbacks.

Unfortunately 6 July 2018 was a smoggy/smoky day from a few brush fires so the views were mediocre. However, the sun was directly behind Wally Waldron tree (~1500 year old limber pine) when i crossed the ridgeline which was pretty cool.

Additional Information:

A Few Photos (Taken with a Nikon D3400):

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